Alberta Seniors Have a New Advocate to Voice their Concerns

Alberta’s new Seniors Advocate, Sheree Kwong See, will help bring the issues and concerns of seniors to government.

Kwong See has worked on behalf of seniors as an educator, researcher and policy expert for more than 25 years. She is a psychology professor at the University of Alberta and holds a PhD in experimental psychology with a specialization in aging. Kwong See is an expert on the physical, cognitive and social aspects of aging and has studied the impact of ageism as a factor in elder abuse.

She was appointed Seniors Advocate after an open competition process and will serve until Dec. 31, 2019.

The Seniors Advocate works with seniors to resolve a wide variety of issues. The advocate also advises government on trends and systemic issues that concern seniors and their families.

“Sheree Kwong See is a strong voice for seniors in our province.  Our government is committed to providing Alberta seniors with an advocate who listens and resolves issues on behalf of seniors.”

Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Seniors and Housing

“Our council is pleased to see government has moved to appoint a permanent Seniors Advocate. This appointment demonstrates the government’s commitment to addressing seniors’ issues in the province. The Alberta Council on Aging welcomes Sheree Kwong See to her new role and is looking forward to working with Sheree and her team.”

Fred Olsen, President, Alberta Council on Aging

“I am excited for this great opportunity and am eager to get to work on behalf of Alberta seniors.”

Sheree Kwong See, incoming Seniors Advocate

Kwong See will begin her term Sept. 1, 2016.

The Seniors Advocate will report directly to the Minister of Seniors and Housing and will provide the minister with an annual report which will be tabled with the Legislative Assembly. The Seniors Advocate was established in 2014.